December Cover Artist: Averi Iris Smith
Averi Smith is a Montana Native, a self-taught teen artist living in Bozeman, and a Junior at Gallatin High School. As many kids do, Averi loved to paint as a young child. It wasn’t until 2015, at the age of 10 that her painting began to look more like art. As her parents took notice, so did others and she sold her first pieces. With encouragement and plenty of supplies, Averi fully embraced her abilities and has been growing and evolving as an artist ever since.
Today, Averi fills her time with Gallatin High sports, in fact, you’re most likely to find her on a soccer field, a basketball or tennis court, or at home painting with music playing, friends + family nearby. She hopes to continue creating pieces that resonate with her community and plans to eventually travel the world, painting what inspires her in all the places she lands.
For the last 2 years, Averi picks something to paint that she donates entirely to charity. This year, 2021, it was “Missions.” $3300 was raised and donated to AFSP in honor of her cousin, Casey, and 30% to Gallatin Raptor Soccer. It’s a beautiful tradition and this painting is incredible. The Mission Mountain Range is visible from Averi’s grandparent’s cabin, from her Dad’s hometown, and is special in many ways. Thanks to the buyers of this piece and she will continue to raise monies to help raise awareness around suicide!
Averi is never afraid to try something new, her mediums often change and she is inspired by all things Montana.
Please follow Averi on this exciting journey! You can follow her on Facebook and Instagram @averiirisart or online at https://www.averiirisart.com